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Wild Audiobook

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

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Publisher's Summary

Wild is a powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an 1100-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe - and built her back up again.

At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

Strayed faced down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

©2012 Cheryl Strayed (P)2012 Random House

What the Critics Say

“No one can write like Cheryl Strayed. Wild is one of the most unflinching and emotionally honest books I've read in a long time. It is about forgiveness and grief, bravery and hope. It is unforgettable.” (Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle)

“While reading Cheryl Strayed’s stunning book about her arduous solo journey along the Pacific Crest Trail, I kept asking myself - what would I do if I were stripped bare of everything - money, job, community, even family and love? Thoreau once said, ‘In wildness is the preservation of the world.’ For Strayed, it is clear that in wildness was the preservation of her soul. She reminds us, in her lyrical and courageous memoir Wild, of what it means to be fully alive, even in the face of catastrophe, physical and psychic hardship, and loss." (Mira Bartók, author of The Memory Palace)

“Cheryl Strayed can sure tell a story. In Wild, she describes her journey from despair to transcendence with honesty, humor, and heart-cracking poignancy. This is a great book.” (Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia and Seeking Peace)

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    why not?? 03-10-15
    why not?? 03-10-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Inspiring and motivational"

    What an excellent story of trials and triumphs that leaves you wanting to know more.

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    Denise 03-10-15
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    "Incredible"

    It is a story that will motivate me when I feel I can't anymore !!
    Thank you for such an amazing story.

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    Liliana Gonzalez 03-09-15
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    "Vicariously adventuring"

    Absolutely loves this book. Empowering, honest and inspiring. Thank you, Cheryl. It has been a while since I have enjoyed reading this much.

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    Nicholas 03-09-15
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    "I'd listen again"

    The story isn't amazing, but it keeps you attached. thought Bernadette was Cheryl at times.

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    Heather Nichole Ghomghani 03-03-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Maybe one day"

    Oh to pick up and leave it all behind! Amazing adventure and so glad she found what she needed most - happiness with herself!

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    Linda J. Williams 02-28-15 Member Since 2016

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    I loved the story. I wish the f-word could've been left out, as I found it very distracting. I'd like to have heard more stories about the trail. The narrator did a very good job, I enjoyed her voice. I've thought about a journey like this, too, & was hoping for more about nature. I did enjoy it, except the language.

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    Julie 02-27-15
    Julie 02-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Just fabulous"

    I gasped and laughed and "ooo'd" out loud. I loved being on the journey with Cheryl, every minute of it.

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    jessica 02-27-15
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    Wish the narrator was younger sounding... Most of the story is told when she is young... At times the voice was not believable as the character.

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    MerrieMe philly 02-22-15
    MerrieMe philly 02-22-15 Member Since 2012

    Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift that's why it's called the present

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    The book is reflective and inspiring for those of us who have lost dear ones. The story was a good read

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    DrExotic 02-21-15
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    "Great! Great! Great!"

    Great book, great performance, great overall!
    I admit to having seen the movie prior to hearing the book, but as is so often the case, the book had so much more to offer.
    I have not huffed the PCT but spent much of my youth hiking and camping in the Wasatch and Rocky mountains. I'd love to have found the opportunity to do so. Now life and responsibility will not allow me the time. It was great to hike it vicariously with Cheryl!

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